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World Cup 2014: Times, TV for Uruguay-England and Thursday’s other games

The World Cup continues Thursday with three group-stage matches:

Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast in Brasilia, noon (ESPN)

Group D: Uruguay vs. England in Sao Paulo, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Group C: Japan vs. Greece in Natal, 6 p.m. (ESPN)


Uruguay vs. England

Striker Luis Suarez has declared himself ready to play for Uruguay after undergoing knee surgery in May. He missed Uruguay’s somewhat stunning 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in the opener. Suarez scored 31 goals for Liverpool in English Premier League play last season, and now will go up against the six Liverpool players who suit up for England. Like Uruguay, England probably can’t afford to lose after dropping its first match to Italy. “I know all the players in the England squad either because they’re my teammates or because I’ve faced them,” Suarez said, per the Associated Press. “They have some defensive flaws we can exploit.”


Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast

The 36-year-old helped sparked Ivory Coast’s 3-1 win over Japan in the opener after he came on in a substitute, and he’ll likely come off the bench again against Colombia. “People love Didier Drogba and I know there are a lot of lovers of Drogba’s style,” Ivory Coast Coach Sabri Lamouchi told the Associated Press. “But you have to understand the last time he played 90 minutes was a few months ago in Turkey. He’s just recovered from injury. He made a lot of sacrifices to be here at the World Cup.”


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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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